Plitvice Lakes National Park is located right by the road that connects Zagreb and Dalmatia, between the mountains of Mala (Little) Kapela and LiÄka Plješevica, in the east part of the Croatian region Lika.
The park is unique for its karst hydrography, a series of 16 cascade lakes with numerous tufa waterfalls. The total area of all the lakes is 200 ha.
Plitvice Lakes National Park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
The park area is characterized by forests which, although the lakes are not located high above the sea level, give the impression of a mountain landscape. In terms of climate, it has warm summers and snowy winters.